Everything Wrong with IT: Chapter Two


What’s wrong with IT: Chapter Two? Where do I begin?

Clocking in at a grueling 2 hours and 50 minutes, IT: Chapter Two has a pretty hefty run time that had me checking my watch… Seven times, to be exact.

While the 2017 adaptation of Stephen King’s IT was a financial juggernaut at the box office, receiving rave reviews from both audiences and critics, the sequel is a different story.

Despite the excellent on-screen chemistry of Bill Hader, Jessica Chastain, and James McAvoy being flanked by Andy Muschietti’s keen eye for visuals and set-pieces, the film’s pacing is nothing short of boring. For a psychological horror film, there’s an expectation for more scares, better editing, and overall consistent thematic elements…

IT: Chapter Two failed in all categories.

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  1. Spot on review. I went in knowing that it was not going to match the first which is fine, but it just became a very tiresome movie. Kind of surprised the metascore was not lower. I will say that Bill Hader was great. James McAvoy’s character was off, it almost reminded me of one of his personalities from Glass.

  2. I agree that the movie did not meet expectations although it was for completely different reasons. In terms of the human on human violence this was a direct representation of the movie. The hate crime serves as the summoning was of Pennywise just as the fire (racial hate crime, only mentioned in the book). Bev’s husband is a mirror image of her father. If you look at other characters their spouses are also representations of the parent in chapter 1. There are parts of the book that would have benefited the movie, however, if added would have made it a four hour movie. Overall the book is better. Chapter 2 for the movies… too long and does not live up to the psychological horror genre.


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